Cincinnati became the 10th team in history to reach 50 wins with a 4-3 win at Wheeling on Mar. 22 while Texas became the 11th team to reach the milestone a day later with a 5-1 win at Mississippi. The 50 wins ties Cincinnati and Texas with Trenton (2000-01) and Gwinnett (2005-06) for the eighth-most victories in league history.
The ECHL record for wins is 56 by Louisiana in 2001-02 while the second-most wins is 53 by Florida (1999-2000), Alaska (2005-06) and Las Vegas (2005-06). The next highest total is 51 wins by Pee Dee (1998-99), Wheeling (2003-04) and Pensacola (2004-05).
Three times in ECHL history a team has won 50 games, but did not won the Brabham Cup: Gwinnett and Las Vegas in 2005-06 and Wheeling in 2003-04.
Texas has 111 points (50-7-11) and enters the final two weeks of the regular season with a six-point lead over Cincinnati (50-10-5) and a 13-point lead over Las Vegas (43-12-12) in the race for the Brabham Cup. The Cyclones, however, have three games in hand on the Wildcatters so if the two were to win their remaining games they would both finish with 119 points. Cincinnati would be awarded the Brabham Cup as it would finish with 57 wins compared to 54 wins for Texas.
The award is named in recognition of Henry Brabham, who founded the ECHL in 1988-89 with five teams in four states. Brabham, who was the first inductee into the ECHL Hall of Fame, owned three of the original five teams, including the legendary Johnstown Chiefs who are celebrating their 20th season in 2007-08. The dedication of the Virginia businessman was crucial to the league surviving to span from coast-to-coast while advancing 350 players and countless coaches, on-ice officials and front office personnel to the National Hockey League.
Texas and Cincinnati have already clinched their respective division titles while Las Vegas needs three points to secure its second consecutive regular season division title and conference title. Cincinnati and Texas are guaranteed home ice throughout the division playoffs while Las Vegas is trying to secure home ice throughout the conference playoffs.
The Cyclones will host Reading on Wednesday and Elmira on Friday before visiting Johnstown on Saturday and Reading on Sunday. The Wildcatters host Charlotte on Friday and Saturday while Las Vegas visits Utah on Wednesday and Fresno on Friday.
The 111 points by Texas is the fourth-highest total in ECHL history while the 105 points by Cincinnati ties them with Alaska (2006-07) and Richmond (1995-96) for the 12th-highest point total. The league record is 116 points by Louisiana in 2001-02 while the second-highest total is 113 points by Alaska in 2005-06 and the third-most is 112 points by Las Vegas in 2005-06.
Las Vegas is trying to become the first team to reach 100 points three seasons in a row after winning the Brabham Cup in 2006-07 with 106 points and finishing second in 2005-06 with 112 points. The only other teams in league history to score 100 points in back-to-back seasons are Alaska and Trenton. Trenton won the Brabham Cup in 2000-01 with 104 points and finished second in 2001-02 with 104 points while Alaska finished second in 2006-07 with 105 points after finishing first in 2005-06 with 113 points.
Cincinnati leads the ECHL with 266 goals and 4.09 goals per game while Texas is second with 251 goals and 3.69 goals per game. The Cyclones have allowed a league-low 157 goals and are second in goals-against average with 2.42. Texas leads with a goals-against average of 2.40 and is tied for second with Las Vegas with 163 goals allowed. The Wranglers are third with a goals-against average of 2.43.
Texas has 26 road wins tying the ECHL record set by Louisiana in 2001-02.